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Gluten-free Tips for Restaurant Dining

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Good day to you,

I’ve been given a great opportunity to guest blog  Gluten-free Tips for Restaurant Dining  http://url.ie/e1nj  via @trcrumbley   http://tcrumbley.blogspot.com/ I hope you find educational.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.

An Unexpected Friend, Celiac – The Grocery Store

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Good day to you.  I live in the United States, specifically Tampa, Florida, and I’m witnessing a renaissance in the surge of gluten-free food products in main-stream grocery stores in the last few years.  I’m seeing Betty Crocker with Bisquick, and gluten-free baking mixes, and more with recipe ideas.  I’m also seeing my local grocery store, Publix, provide an in-house product called generic product brand listing of gluten-free products.  I’m seeing gluten-free Progresso brand soups, Wolfgang Puck brand soups, Schar brand items, etc.  My, how times have changed in just a few years!  And by a “few years,” I mean the last two or three!  Isn’t this exciting?  While exciting, note some gluten-free choices are healthier than others.  Please consult with your Physician or Registered Dietitian in regard to your diet in regard to sodium, “preservative,” and other in-take.

While “ready-to-eat,” instant gluten-free food items seems to have exploded at the local grocery store, please don’t forget the “forgotten” part of your friend at the grocery store.  What, may you ask, am I referencing regarding the grocery store?  Fruits and Vegetables, Seafood, Dairy, and Meats.  These are raw, fresh items you have much control over being gluten-free.  Yes, they may cost more (we all know this diet is expensive!), but you have control over preparation with your recipes to make more healthful and nutritious for you.  Another unexpected find at your Grocery Store is the “Frozen Food Aisle.”  Use frozen veggies/ produce in off-season for favorite recipes as opposed to more expensive, imported fresh produce.  Know it may take more work to provide such yummy gluten-free dishes from scratch but that should be expected – yet more healthful.

Please research what is available to you, celiac, in the grocery store.  You could save a lot of money and not enter a “Health-food Store.”

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.

Celiac Disaster Preparedness in Regard to Foods

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Good day to you.  In light of recent inclement weather in the United States, I would like to focus your attention on disaster preparedness for celiacs in regard to food.

Whether the potential disaster be a blizzard, a tornado, a hurricane, or an earthquake – the end problem is still the same.  Celiacs will not have the same luxury of easily eating at a shelter as others do.  Why?  Because typical shelters do not have the budget or the resources to stock gluten-free items.  While some shelters may have limited supplies, it’s just that – limited.

Please reference the following link in regard to recommended supplies and shelf life of foods stored at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius):  http://www.nowheat.com/grfx/nowheat/y2k.htm.

Additionally, purchase extra food at the grocery store you typically would use and store in the pantry or cupboard for a disaster.  If you don’t buy a lot of groceries in this manner, it would be my suggestion to research gluten-free options for this type of storage and purchase such food for disaster preparedness.  Once you purchase provisions and identify them as “disaster foods,” mark an expiration date on each food item with an adhesive label.  If you are unable to determine what the expiration date is, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer.  If you are contacting the manufacturer about confirming a product is gluten-free (and it is), go ahead and confirm the expiration in that same conversation.

I hope this blog is received as it is intended – to educate; and not received as it could be – with fear or dread.  That said, both ends will hopefully result in a positive means of action on your part.

Research,  educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.

Happy New Year! The Dormant Blog Awakes

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Good day to you!  I first want to apologize for the dormancy of this blog.  It is my intention to post consistent and informative gluten-free tips for you, the reader.  You expect new material and I should provide it.

That said, the Holidays crimped a lot of time from blogging.  After the Holidays, I had technical issues and wasn’t able to manipulate the blogsite until now.  Now that I’ve overcome the hurdles, I look forward to providing you with tips, education, insight, and recipes in regard to all gluten-free.  I’m really excited about posting new blogs  along with being in receipt of interaction from you, the reader.

I appreciate your patience and look forward to building a relationship with you as we learn gluten-free tips together.  If you have any ideas for blog postings, please feel free to contact me via Twitter at @GFDougie.

Thank you and Peace be with you.